How to Clean Resin Flooring…

So you’ve just had your new seamless resin floor installed, but how are you planning to keep it clean?

If you don’t have an adequate cleaning process in place from day one it won’t be long before your hygienic resin flooring is looking anything but!

An experienced company / sales team should always discuss a suitable cleaning regime for your chose product, and base those recommendations on your particular environment. This should be done prior to installation, ideally at the specification stage so you can factor in the cost of purchasing the right machinery to keep your floors clean & safe.

How to clean a resin floor…

For starters any resin floor should be regularly dry cleaned – swept or vacuumed – to remove any abrasive dust or dirt and prevent scratching. Wet cleaning can then follow to remove any build up of grime. The frequency of both wet and dry cleaning will depend on what you’re subjecting your floors to!

Don’t rely on mopping!

Mopping a resin floor is not the correct way to keep it clean! Depending on the system chosen you will experience varying degrees of disappointment at your attempts to mop a resin floor finish.

If you are looking at how to clean an epoxy resin floor, or another very smooth resin floor such as a comfort floor, then you may stumble on a mopping technique that works for you – but this will invariably involve a drying or buffing stage after mopping to remove streaks and dirty water marks that can dry back onto the floor. This might be acceptable in a small laboratory but hardly feasible in a large production area.

The problem with mopping is that you are essentially diluting the dirt, spreading a thin layer over the entire area. This might seem adequate for a period of time, but a film will build up making the floor look and feel grimy, greasy and possibly slippery.

If you’re trying to mop a textured resin floor then you are really going to struggle. You will quickly end up with dirty, possibly dangerous flooring and accumulate a number of destroyed mops.

Wet Scrubbing & Vacuuming…

The only way to properly clean a resin floor is to mechanically scrub with a suitably diluted chemical cleaning solution then remove the soiled water with a wet vacuum.

The method & equipment for carrying this out effectively will vary depending on 3 factors:

  1. Floor type / texture
  2. Soiling type i.e. fats, oils, mineral deposits
  3. Size of area

The type and texture of your floor will determine what sort of scrubbing action is required. A heavily textured floor will need a stiff bristled  brush, whereas lighter textures can be cleaned using scotch-brite type abrasive pads.

The soiling type will determine what chemicals you will need to use in conjunction with your equipment. In heavily soiled environments it should always be remembered that the cleaning chemical should be given time to work and break down the dirt / grease prior to being agitated and removed.

The size of the area will determine what machinery you will need to effectively clean your floors in an economical fashion. For example an artisan baker operating out of a small unit could potentially scrub floors by hand using a stiff brush and purchase a relatively small & cheap wet vacuum, whereas a large bakery which is presented with the same challenges in terms of cleaning may need a large ride on machine with rotary brushes up front and wet pick up at the back.

Need help and advice?

At Lasercroft we have the experience required to recommend best practices for you based on your unique environment.

If you are unsure exactly which way to go regarding purchase of machinery we are happy to arrange cleaning demos to ensure you can maintain your floors in a safe and presentable condition.

For further advice take a look at the Ferfa (Resin Flooring Association) Guide to Cleaning Resin Floors or call us to discuss.

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